[R] SPSS variable lables import

Frank E Harrell Jr f.harrell at vanderbilt.edu
Tue Jun 6 17:55:50 CEST 2006

Thomas Lumley wrote:
> On Tue, 6 Jun 2006, Frank Thomas wrote:
>>I try to get the variable labels of a SPSS data file into R but don't
>>find this mentioned in the help file for foreign. Is there another way
>>to get them ?
>>BTW: An SPSS variable name is like: VAR001, whereas the variable label
>>might be 'Identification no.'
> mydata <- read.spss("mydata.sav")
> attr(mydata, "variable.labels")
>  	-thomas


mydata <- spss.get('mydata.sav')
xYplot( )
etc. use the variable labels attached to individual variables.  You can 
retrieve them also this way:

with(mydata, plot(x, y, xlab=label(x), ylab=label(y)))

Frank Harrell

> Thomas Lumley			Assoc. Professor, Biostatistics
> tlumley at u.washington.edu	University of Washington, Seattle
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Frank E Harrell Jr   Professor and Chair           School of Medicine
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